Tag Archives: Refreshing

Laphroaig Cairdeas Origin

Distillery: Laphroaig
Name: Cairdeas Origin
Region: Islay
Age: ?
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 51.2%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 3cl
Price: ?
Nose: Citrus, orchard fruits, slight saltiness, fresh
Taste: Peaty, sweet, light, smooth, spicy
Finish: Long, smoky, warm, spicy
Rating: 7/10
Cairdeas is Gaelic for friendship and this bottling was released to celebrate the popularity of the ‘Friends of Laphroaig’ (FOL) programme.
Unusual on the nose this one, I don’t really get and peat coming through which is unexpected for a Laphroaig. It is light, fruity with a citrus cleanness to it and a slight salty note to it adding to the freshness.
The palate is also light and refreshing but with a wonderful smoothness to it, it also has a great mouth coating quality as well. The peat starts off quite subtle with the sweetness being the initial power but the peat just builds and builds, easing the sweetness. This leads onto the long, smoky finish that is both warm and spicy. I left this to aerate for a while and when coming back to it there was a strong coffee flavour to it, it actually really worked well.
At 51.2% I was really expecting it to have a bite to it, but it does not really. There is some alcohol burn on the palate but not much and I was quite happy to drink it without water. I did try adding some however and this did take that small bite away but the warm, spicy notes remain. The nose is a little lighter and fruitier with water.
Thanks to Tom (@Tom_Blumsom) for the sample.

Mackmyra Brukswhisky

Distillery: Mackmyra
Name: Brukswhisky
Region: Sweden
Age: ?
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 41.4%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 3cl
Price: £36 (70cl)
Nose: Light fruits, vanilla, slight spice
Taste: Light, caramel, smooth, oak
Finish: Short, spicy
Rating: 5/10

Thanks to Tom Blumsom (@Tom_Blumsom) I have the opportunity to do a side-by-side tasting of 2 Mackmyra, which I have been looking forward to as I feel you can get a much better idea of how a whisky can differ this way.

So the Brukswhisky has a similar nose to the 1st Edition, just lighter and more delicate with a bit more vanilla, slightly less spice though. The palate is very light and refreshing with a lovely caramel smoothness to it. Once aired, it gets a little oakiness coming through which carries on to the short but spicy finish, not dry however that often goes with the oakiness.

Overall I would have to say that I prefer the 1st Edition, it has more going on, yet still remains light and refreshing. That is not to say that the Brukswhisky is bad, on a lovely summers day it could be a dangerous dram to have to hand, and around friends I feel it could disappear quite quickly due to it’s freshness.

I would like to thank Tom for the sample, it was great to be able to compare them.

Clynelish 14 Year Old

Distillery: Clynelish
Name: N/A
Region: Highland (Coastal)
Age: 14
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 46%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 70cl
Price: £25 (was on offer, usually about £35)
Nose: Light fruits, fresh, lightly oaky, dry
Taste: Light, smooth, light fruits, salty, slight dryness
Finish: Long, light saltiness, dryness lessens, oaky
Rating: 7/10
Clynelish 14 Year Old

I first bought a bottle of Clynelish (Klyn-leesh) 14 year old at it’s full price of around £35, and after finishing it surprisingly quickly, I thought it was worth every penny, so when I saw it on offer I snapped another bottle up.

This is a great summer dram as it is a wonderfully light and refreshing, with the coastal roots very apparent, the saltiness really adds to it’s freshness. At 46% abv you would be forgiven for thinking that it will have some real alcohol burn, but you would be pleasantly surprised. There is some there but it is not overpowering and does not take away from the pure quality that is present in this dram. I also find that the longer it has to aerate, the less the abv is apparent so I do not usually add any water.

I did add some water for this tasting however so that I could portray what it is like. Adding a small amount of water does very little to the nose or palate; adding enough to reduce the abv burn however, just makes the palate a bit too watery and bland unfortunately and kills the finish. The nose changes very little however but it does bring out a saltiness that was not really there originally, but the oakyness seems to disappear.

Overall I would have to say that this is my ‘everyday’ dram, I have just finished this bottle and will be on the lookout for a replacement. Until I find a whisky that is as light and refreshing as this, that also has enough complexity to make it an interesting dram every time I have one, I will always try to keep a bottle in, a wonderful dram. If you have any suggestions by the way, they would be much appreciated.